A Merry Christmas Open Thread That’s Made Of Awesome….
Christmas is my very favorite time of year. Why? Well, I think that Ebenezer Scrooge’s nephew, Fred Holywell, nailed it with regard to why Christmas is such a special time of year when he said the following:
There are a great many things from which I have derived good, from which I have not profited, Christmas among the rest. But I’ve always thought of Christmastime as a good time, a kindly, forgiving, charitable time; a time when men and women seem, by one consent, to open their shut-up hearts freely to their fellow creatures. So though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver into my pocket, I do believe that it has done me good, and I say “God bless it.”
So, in the spirit of Mr. Holywell’s sentiment, I would like to provide six of my all time favorite Christmas videos just to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.
Pretty much everyone remembers the hilarious Saturday Night Live skit where Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan sing “I Wish it Was Christmas Today”. Well, the video below shows Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz starting off the song, but then Julian Casablancas of The Strokes finishes off the song. What is so amazing about this video, is that it demonstrates how a silly little ditty can become an awesome song just by having a cool rock star donning shades–accompanied by a great band like The Roots–singing it.
Next on my list of favorite Christmas videos, is this one of Andy Williams singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (my all time favorite Christmas song). Just the decorations alone in the video make it worth watching, even if you don’t like the song.
Now, comes the theme songs from my two favorite Christmas specials–A Charlie Brown Christmas Special and How The Grinch Stole Christmas. First up is “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas Special. Interesting anecdote here–Linus’ speech about what “the true meaning of Christmas is” was almost cut from the show. (Hat tip to Robert Stacy McCain for the video.)
Oh, and here is the video of Linus’ famous speech about the true meaning of Christmas. It still brings a tear to my eye.
Next, here comes “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Interesting anecdote here–even though Boris Karloff was the voice of the Grinch, actor Thurl Ravenscroft actually sang the theme song.
And finally, here is my favorite clip from A Christmas Carol (my all time favorite Christmas movie), with George C. Scott brilliantly playing the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge.
So, in conclusion, I hope that everyone enjoyed the entertainment. However, before I go, I would just like to leave you all with the words of Ebeneezer Scrooge:
“Merry Christmas to everybody–and a Happy New Year to the world!!”